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Chasing the Dragon: One Woman's Struggle Against the Darkness of Hong Kong's Drug Den

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The true story of how one woman's faith resulted in the conversion of hundreds of drug addicts, prostitues and hardened criminals in Hong Kong's infamous Walled City.
Paperback, 238 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Regal Books (first published 1980)
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Hye Sung
One of the most powerful books I have ever read and I feel that whoever reads this book will not come out the same. The story of Jackie Pullinger's missionary work is humbling, miraculous, and beautiful. She was a lone 20 year old baby-believer without a missionary society behind her, jumping into a mission field of prostitutes, gangs, and drug dealers. Though the 'Walled City' in Hong Kong, a semi-anarchic settlement, presents incredible challenges, she sees Jesus come through time after time i ...more
Sagely
Some stories you have to hear firsthand to believe. Jackie Pullinger's life in Hong Kong is that kind of story.

I am not pentecostal. I grew up suspicious of anyone who raised their hands in church. Speaking in tongues, signs and wonders, healings and resurrections were all a bit far for my home church. Even today, I'm still a bit iffy about things like prophetic words and power evangelism. If God want to act in that way, great! But it will take a little work on God's end to overcome my scepticis
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Irene
This book is awesome.
Sheryl Painter
Colee Firman has skillfully crafted yet another great story in her Unbinding Fate series. From the first chapter in Chasing Darkness, I was drawn back into her marvelous characters, her fantastic worlds and breathtaking suspense. I love how Ms. Firman can mix a little romance, fantasy, mystery, suspense, and a few really evil characters into a story that just keeps racing ahead. I can count on her characters to keep me guessing, and caring, from the beginning of the book to the very end of the l ...more
Ann
WOW, this woman is just amazing. She tells the story of how she was convinced God had called her to go to Hong Kong to share the Gospel ... and then WENT ... apart from any specific church sponsorship or mission board. God used her in absolutely spontaneous and miraculous ways to eventually reach drug addicts in the Walled City portion of Hong Kong. She tells her story with simple transparent faith and humor ... careful to include the fact that she made her share of mistakes that God was able t ...more
Helene
This was an exciting book to see how the Holy Spirit moved and changed young men's lives in Hong Kong's Walled City in the 1980's. The first half was especially interesting as the author shows how many misconceptions she had about God and how He works. I really had a lot of chuckles because I had many of the same ideas from society in general and some churches in particular. It was encouraging to see how she was protected thru her adventures and "mistakes". Her story reminded me of "The Cross an ...more
Helen Maltby
A very powerful read. It tells the true story of Jackie Pullinger, an English woman who, in her early 20s felt that God was telling her to go to Hong Kong as a missionary. She ends up in the notorious Walled City and spends her time reaching out to drug addicts and Triad (illegal gangs) members. Gradually she wins their trust and she tells them about Jesus and how he can help them with their addictions. She brings many to Christianity and opens several safe houses where these new Christians can ...more
Liz
Chasing the Dragon is one of my favorite internship books. Pullinger's autobiography of her ministry in Hong Kong's walled city of Kowloon inspires, challenges, and captivates. As a white Westerner headed to a Southeast Asian slum in a few months, re-reading CTD gave me fresh hope and renewed gratefulness for God's call in my life.

CTD is one of those generally-not-recommended styles of missionary work: Pullinger goes by herself, without a sending org, and sets up shop ministering cross-gender; s
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Josiah
Jackie Pullinger has had a crazy life. I was blown away by this book. Basic gist: woman goes to Hong Kong slum with no plans and no money, and through her, people are saved, lives are changed, and Jesus is glorified.

Now, I'm not the crying type, but I was definitely sniffling back a few tears at several points in this book. Mostly, because God is so PRESENT in this book. He is the center of everything, and Poon Siu Jeu (Jackie's Chinese name) continues to give him glory for everything that happe
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Caroline Friday
Amazing book about a British woman who refused to let religion and the evils of the world stop her evangelism of the love of Jesus. Called to one of the darkest places in the world, Hong Kong's notorious Walled City, Ms Pullinger relays her experiences with The Lord and His Holy Spirit as they relentlessly pursue the hearts and minds of God's precious people trapped in drug addiction, prostitution, and gang violence. Reading this book will stir up your faith like never before AND convict the rel ...more
Brandon Halvorsen
Another captivating missionary story! If you enjoy reading stories of God moving in foreign lands to save people and set them free this is one to add to your list. If you're a fan of Brother Yun, Brother Andrew and Corrie Ten Boom I'd recommend adding this one to your reading queue. If you're unsure if God still uses the gifts of the Spirit these days, or how practical and effective they may be in ministry these days, I'd recommend this book.

I found it inspiring and refreshing. Great light read
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Gary B
Astounding, humbling, inspiring. Nothing else I can say.
Sarah
If you're wondering if God is really at work in our world or whether Jesus still performs miracles, read this book! Truly inspiring.
Jolene
Loved this book. Her storytelling is very clear and brings the characters and surroundings to life. All in all, a very inspiring read!
Kurt
This is a fascinating story of a missionary in Hong Kong. There are some wild things going on, and it's inspiring.
Rachel
Really fascinating story of the power of Christ in the darkest places.
Annabelle
One of the more amazing missionary stories I have ever heard or read.
Mary Theresa
It's as simple as this, I want to live her life.
Leah Good
A desire for missions that began in childhood eventually leads twenty year old Jackie Pullinger to purchase a boat ticket. Her plan is to get off wherever God tells her to. She ends up smack-dab in the middle of an underworld of drugies and prostitutes living in a lawless city that has no plumbing. It is for these people that God fills her heart with love and a desire to serve.

I've been wanting to read this book since Leslie Ludy mentioned Jackie Pullinger in a lecture given in 2010. When I got
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Honeybee
Not only is this book a biography of a remarkable and courageous young woman, but it gives a great portrait of the drug culture in Hong Kong's Walled City, as well as an excellent treatise of why tongues is still a vital spiritual gift to be exercised today.

I first read it at a Crossroads Discipleship Training School in Youth With A Mission. I have since recommended it to several others.

Want to see if you have what it takes to be an inner city missionary in another country? Want to know one way
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Jazzenith
Chasing the Dragon is a book which will simply blow you away. The incredible true story of Jackie Pullinger on answering the call of God in her life, and how through her the love of Jesus helped transform many peoples lives in the slums of the Walled City, Hong Kong. Jackie's perseverance and endurance is matched by her love and compassion for these people. To help enact tough positive change in an area compounded with a plethora of deep rooted problems and sin, Jackie put all her trust and hope ...more
Jeremy Rios
A great testimony, but not always a pleasure to read. It is repetitive (I get it--they hear about Jesus, speak in tongues, and come off drugs; hear about Jesus, speak in tongues, and come off drugs; hear about Jesus...). And at times (read: frequently) all the stories start to blend together (names, details, circumstances).

All in all, the content was solid, but the presentation left me with a lot to be desired. It was a chore to finish it.
Joshua Liem
How often don't we stop when we have led someone to Christ? In this amazing story of love driven by a Christ like view on humanity a profound way of "laying done your life for someone else" is shown. Sometimes almost heartbreaking we see how this love should be combined with faith and actions. How powerful we would be if we saw things in the same way!
CandiRobyn
I loved reading about God's miracles through Jackie- a woman without a massive sign from God to go, backed up by many prophetic words- no Jackie just went because the bible says "go"and God was faithful to provide an adventure for her as she trusted in His word.
cloudyskye
What a fantastic true story. Jackie Pullinger is telling it, but the glory goes to Jesus. I understand this was a (Christian) hit in the 90s, and I can see why. Incredibly encouraging to read about miracles and the working of the Holy Spirit, spiritual warfare and victory amid drug addicts, prostitution, violence and other terrible circumstances. In fact, it's like a continuation of the Acts of the Apostles in modern-day Hong Kong. I feel blessed and refreshed just reading this. And confirmed in ...more
Scott
Not sure when I finished this, it was a great book. I recall reading and and being impressed with author's story. How they shared the story of Jesus to those in need in Hong Kong.
Jenn
I loves this book! So powerful and I inspiring! Admittedly, it took me a while to get into it but I'm so glad I kept going because soon it became impossible to put down. Wow.
April Brown
Amazing book!! Definitely a must read. Taught me so much about loving people & sharing the love of Christ with them. Also the importance of the Holy Spirit in ministry.
Janet
Chasing the Dragon tells the inspiring story of Jackie Pullinger's work in Hong Kong. At the age of 22 she felt God calling her to be a missionary. But because of her young age, no missionary society would take her on. So she boarded a ship in England and disembraked in Hong Kong. At first, she worked as a music teacher but decided to take a step of faith and give up her job for fulltime ministry. She entered the infamous Walled City and preached the gospel to drug addicts, prostitutes, and gang ...more
Frank Peters
This is the graphic novel for the autobiography of Jackie Pullinger. I will be reading her book next, but thought I would read the graphic novel first to see if it made sense on its own, without already knowing the story. I can answer – Yes, the graphic novel stands on its own quite nicely. As expected the target audience is for a young (or even pre) teen, although it would also be appropriate for those who read very little. It is certainly not appropriate for older people, due to the tiny font ...more
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Jackie Pullinger is a British Protestant missionary to Hong Kong.
At the age of 22 she moved to Hong Kong and began to reach out to the people of the Walled City. Her ministry started with only a handful of people but has grown steadily over the last fifty years.
She founded the St. Stephen's Society, which is involved in drug rehabilitation in Hong Kong and the Philipines.
More about Jackie Pullinger...
Crack In The Wall: Life & Death in Kowloon Walled City See You Soon Classic Testimonies Omnibus: Run Baby, Run, Hiding Place, Chasing the Dragon

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